Comment 99322

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 28, 2014 at 14:49:56 in reply to Comment 99317

In fact City Hall itself has an entirely unnecessary triple entrance design (complete with paired in and out highway style slip roads onto Bay and two-way straight in/out lanes towards Jackson) to access their parking lot.

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Hamilton,+ON/@43.2556242,-79.874895,229m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x882c986c27de778f:0x2b6aee56d8df0e21

And this is just half a block north of Central Elementary School in the most densely populated and pedestrian filled areas in the City.

This ludicrous auto-centric over-engineering from the 50s should be pulled out immediately and replaced with a simple right angle entry exit design: i.e. just keep the central portion!

The slip-road in/out design makes it difficult for pedestrians to cross by encouraging high speed turns, and means pedestrians have are on the road way over twice as long and must traverse three separate roads instead of just one.

It also encourages road rage. Last year after dropping my kids off at Central I saw a woman in a car screaming that she was "going to run over" a man walking his dog because he had the temerity to walk, rather than jog across the entry slip-road, and was slowing the driver down.

This design makes drivers feel annoyed by pedestrians who get in their way and slow them down. After all, the intersection is design to allow high speed, fluid turns into and out of the parking lot. The intersection design should be slowing them down, not the pedestrians!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-03-28 14:54:57

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